The Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) has confirmed
that despite some cancellations, many meetings and events are still taking
place across the country following the heavy floods impacting Bangkok and surrounding areas.
TCEB said today that meetings, incentives, conventions and
exhibitions business is “operating actively” in Phuket, Pattaya, Chiang Mai and
other destinations around the country. The Asia Pacific Gulf Summit 2011, held
in Pattaya from Oct 31 October to 6 November
took place unaffected and later this month groups from Nokia, Amway and
Daikin will all be taking part in events as planned in various destination in
However, the floods – which are the worst to hit the country
in 50 years – have impacted 14 MICE events, mostly trade shows planned to be held
in and around Bangkok this quarter, with revenue losses estimated
at 2.98bn baht and a MICE visitors shortfall estimated at 96,000.
TCEB said that most of Thailand's
international airports are still operating normally, including Suvarnabhumi Airport,
international gateway. One airport, Don Mueang, located in the northern area of
the capital and mostly used for domestic flights, has been closed since last week due
to the floods.
“The variety of destinations Thailand
has to offer helps mitigate the impact of the floods affecting the Bangkok area,” said Akapol
Sorasuchart, president of TCEB.
“Also, thanks to steps we are taking with the cooperation
from the industry, we expect that Thailand's MICE business will
remain stable for the entire fiscal 2012 as most events affected by the
situation have been rescheduled to next quarter.”
In the fiscal year for 2011 - which ended 30 September - Thailand's meetings, incentives, conventions
and exhibitions sector attracted 720,000 business travellers and generated 57.6bn baht in revenue, compared respectively to 679,585 travellers and
55bn baht in 2010.
Pictured: Akapol Sorasuchart